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SPS 186: We Want to Support Your Goals

Springfield Public Schools wants to support your college and career goals, and we know those come with a price. To support you in your post secondary efforts, we have provided this site where you can find scholarship opportnities. Click on the scholarship link for opportunities that support your college dreams and apply. For application process and deadlines, click on the scholarship links.

Best of luck.



Scholarships from your achievements in High School!

Scholarship Database

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Click on Amount and it is arranged by amount.

College Scholarship Information/Sites
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EIU Scholarship Programshttps://www.eiu.edu/aimhigh/

I wanted to let you know about the 3 brand new scholarship programs at Eastern Illinois University. We believe they are truly extraordinary and will help many students around the state.

These programs are funded with the AIM HIGH Grant signed into state law in August, and we’re using those funds both to make higher education more accessible to students around the state and to encourage them to stay in Illinois.

Here’s a quick description of each of the three programs:

  • EIU Promise
    EIU will offset the remaining balance of a student’s tuition and fee costs for resident families with an income of $61,000 or less.
  • EIU Cost Match
    EIU will match the out-of-pocket cost of attendance of any regionally accredited public university in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio or Wisconsin. For example, if a student’s out-of-pocket cost at EIU is $5,000 and it’s $3,000 at a qualifying university, we’ll provide them with a $2,000 scholarship to match the difference.
  • EIU Merit Scholarship Bonus< br /> Any student who qualifies for our automatic Merit Scholarships will receive a $500 bonus per year if they are an Illinois resident. That makes the 4-year value of the scholarship anywhere from $10,000 to $18,000
Illinois Student Assistance Commission Scholarshipshttp://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/

Minority Teachers of Illinois Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Nursing Education Scholarship  A scholarship is a type of “gift aid” that rewards a student for grades, athletics, a unique skill, a special talent, financial needs or even a specific career interest.

SIU-E ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPShttps://www.siue.edu/alumni/scholarships/scholarship-program.shtml

SIU-E Alumni Association is offering 3 scholarships: Legacy,for the children, grandchildren,siblings, spouses or partners of an SIUE alumni; the Board of Directors Scholarship based on leadership and community involvement; Stahlschmidt Family scholarship based on financial need, GPA, ACT scores, community service, school activities and answers to essay questions.

Scottish Rite Scholarshipshttps://www.aasr-spi.org/

Visit the website for more information. One application will be used for all scholarship programs. Seven different scholarships available.

Skelton ScholarshipSKELTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND Application

Scholarships awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement. This award is an annual award.  Applications will be accepted each year for a renewable opportunity.

Please direct any questions and or correspondence to Amy Segatto Perrin at (217) 753-7365.

Springfield Urban League Scholarshiphttp://www.springfieldul.org

For minority students who have maintained a 'C' average during junior and senior years of high school. Essay required. In 300-500 words: Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school

Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Scholarshiphttp://app.idph.state.il.us/RuralHealth/nesp/

For students enrolled or enrolling in a nursing program leading to an associate's or bachelor's degree. Recipients must work in an Illinois hospital as an RN or LPN within 6 months of graduation, or will have to repay the scholarship. Must submit application, transcript, and current Student Aid Report to apply.

Sangamon County Community Resources Scholarship for Low-Income College Entries (SLICE)http://co.sangamon.il.us/departments/a-c/community-resources/programs-and-services/csbg-slice-scholarship-program
scholarship info2018 H.S. App

The purpose of the CSBG Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to high school seniors and adults who qualify by income for the purpose of providing financial assistance to deserving undergraduate students for education and training leading to employment. All new scholarship applicants must be enrolled in education or training leading to employment in a local high-growth employment sector. See your guidance administrator or post secondary coach for a list of eligible careers.

Camp Care-A-Lot Scholarshiphttp://www.campcarealot.org/scholarship.htm

Must be a former Camp Care-A-Lot camper, accepted into college or post-secondary program, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, 300-500 word essay entitled "What This Education Can Do For Me", list of extracurriculars and volunteer or community service.

James Chad Young Scholarship

Have an immediate family member in the armed forces, have a 3.5 GPA, be accepted to a college. E-mail to get application.

William McElroy Trust ScholarshipApr. 1, 2019McElroy Scholarship Applications

Male students from Sangamon County. Preference is given to Pre-Med, Medical and Science students who show high aptitude and interest in the research of heart disease and cancer. Must have a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Mu Delta Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha ScholarshipMu_Delta_Lambda__Scholarship_application_2017

For African American students. Requires 2.75 GPA, letter of recommendation, 1-page essay, "What have you had to overcome to achieve success?"

SEIU Scholarshipshttp://www.seiu.org/members#scholarships

Several scholarship opportunities for SEIU members and their children.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority2018 Annetta Walker-1920

For college bound students with a 3. GPA whose parents are financial members of this sorority or Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Submit application, essay, 3 letters of recommendation(see instructions), transcript by June 30. A college acceptance letter will be needed.

Kappa Alpha Psi FraternityWilliam J. Baldon Scholarship

The William J. Baldon Scholarship is open to seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA, proof of acceptance at post secondary school, 2 letters of reference and completed application which is due July 8th. 

Order of AHEPA Scholarshiphttps://ahepa.org/Education-Scholarships.htm#

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior must have a "B" average GPA and demonstrate financial need. Must also be able to prove Greek heritage going back to and including grandparents. See the website or your guidance dean, post-secondary coach, or assistant principal for more information.

Washington University at St. Louis: William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth ScholarsJan. 2, 2019https://admissions.wustl.edu/Financial_Aid_Scholarships/First_Year_Academic_Scholarships/Pages/Danforth-Scholars-Program.aspx
  • Submit an application for admission to the Class of 2023.
  • Log in to your WashU Pathway account to submit the separate application for the Danforth Scholars Program.
  • Write a brief answer (250 words) to the following question:
    The Danforth Scholars program is looking for students with a strong commitment to community, and demonstrated initiative in leadership and service. Please share an example of your personal experience as a leader that would clarify why you would be a good fit for this community of scholars.
  • Write a short essay (250-500 words) on the following topic:
    What matters to you?
  • Submit an additional (third) letter of recommendation from a member of your community who knows you well. If you submit an "other" letter of recommendation through the Common Application or Coalition Application, that letter may be used.
  • The application and letter of recommendation must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on January 2, 2019
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Sororityhttps://akaeaf.org/scholarships

3 scholarships available for graduating seniors. Essay, letters of recommendation, and interview required. See application for more information.

NAVAL ROTChttp://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarships.html
NROTC Scholarship Application Instructions - Application year 2

Full tuition and other financial benefits at over 160 colleges and universities. The local coordinator is Jason Henderson at (217) 670-9108

Jackie Robinson Scholarshiphttp://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/

For minority students who plan to attend a 4-yr. university; show leadership potential;show community service; have financial need; be a U.S. Citizen; have a minimum 21 ACT.

Illinois Children of Veteran's Tuition Waiverhttp://www.osfa.illinois.edu
U of I Children of Veterans Tuition App

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four-year in-state tuition waiver at the University of Illinois. The recipient may use his/her Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver at any of the University of Illinois campuses (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Health Sciences Center, Springfield). Up to six tuition waivers are awarded per county - one for each of the following wars/conflicts: World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Specific information regarding the required service dates and medal eligibility is provided on the application itself. Candidates must submit the completed application with photocopies of both the veteran parent’s service papers (DD Form 214) and the student’s ACT scores to our office. Office of Student Financial Aid University of Illinois 620 E. John Street MC-303 Champaign, IL 61820 Customer Service 217.333.0100 Electronic Fax 217.265.5516

Janice M. Scott Memorial Awardhttp://scholarshipmentor.com/janice-m-scott-memorial-scholarship

3.0 GPA on a 4. Parent income less than $60000; 2 letters of recommendation; copy of FAFSA Student Aid Report; Picture; transcript. See Post Secondary coach for full list of requirements and essay options.

DCFS Scholarshiphttp://www.state.il.us/DCFS/docs/CFS438.pdf
Youth In Scholarship 2015 Application

Must have court ordered legal guardianship through the DCFS or must be in the Subsidized Guardianship or KinGap programs. Scholarship includes tuition waiver to an Illinois college or university, a monthly stipend and a medical card.

Danforth Scholars Programhttps://admissions.wustl.edu/pages/danforth-nomination.aspx

For Washington University in St. Louis applicants by NOMINATION ONLY! Seeking candidates who have exhibited leadership in services, as well as academic excellence, and who will embrace the challenges of a rigorous academic curriculum. 

Danforth Scholars may receive full or partial-tuition scholarships, renewed each year provided they progress academically and uphold their high standards of character. 

Once students are nominated, Washington University will send application materials to the students. 

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln for 2019-2020http://www.cfll.org/RECEIVINGbrbgrantsscholarshipsb/HowToApplyForAScholarship.aspx

Our Scholarship Program

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL) administers a variety of college scholarships. Each scholarship was established by generous donors and is unique, with its own set of criteria for applicants. Students may apply for and be awarded multiple scholarships. There are scholarships available for graduating seniors as well as current and returning college students. Currently, the majority of awards are offered to students from Sangamon County but the number of scholarships for students throughout the CFLL service area continues to grow. CFLL serves the counties of Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery.

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year has passed but we encourage students to review our list of scholarship opportunities in anticipation of next year's program. To review specific information and instructions on how to apply for scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, please revisit our website toward the end of the calendar year. 2019 scholarship applications will be available from January 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019. Applicants should submit their scholarship applications via the CFLL website during this time period. 

2019 Scholarship Opportunities - available January 1st

Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship

  • Juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or related fields such as marketing, design, videography, photography, etc., that are from Central Illinois or attend a College or University in Central Illinois

CFLL Service Scholarship

  • Be an extraordinary example of service to others and to the community.  Must be nominated by a high school principal in Sangamon County.

CIELO Medical Scholarship

  • Latino descent and pursuing specified medical profession at an institution within Sangamon County

Country Financial Community Scholarship Fund

  • Graduates of high schools throughout Sangamon, Menard, Macoupin, Montgomery, Cass, Morgan and Greene counties who have demonstrated exemplary community service.

Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship
**NEW IN 2019**

  • African American students who are current or former graduates of a high school in the Springfield-Decatur, IL service area of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate Delta's core values of sisterhood, scholarship and service.

Don W. Casper Memorial Scholarship

  • Graduating seniors of Springfield High who excel academically and play varsity sports

Don W. Estaque, Jr. Scholarship

  • Graduates of Lanphier High School in Springfield, IL, who have attended LHS for four years, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA, and lettered 3 out of their 4 years as a male member of the LHS men's cross country or track teams. Endorsement of the principal and athletic director required.

Donald Lee and Donna Wolaver Memorial Golf Scholarship

  • Golf team member at high school in Sangamon County

Frontiers International Springfield Club Scholarship

  • Preference is given to African-American students (either male or female) and to applicants with substantial financial need

Girls on the Run Founder Scholarship

  • Graduating female senior who participated in the GOTR of Central Illinois program

Henry Bunn Memorial Scholarship

  • A graduating high school student or college student that is a current resident of Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need and superior academic work

Illinois Women in Leadership High School Scholarship

  • Female exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth

Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship

  • Springfield Southeast High School student seeking a degree in the field of engineering, math or science

Joseph and Lois Morris Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be nominated by Springfield High Guidance Counselor; contact your guidance counselor for more information. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

Lori L. Kashmer Scholarship

  • Pursuing a degree in nursing, health or medical career or in veterinary medicine as a part-time or full-time student that exhibits a passion for learning and demonstrates financial need

Margaret Johnson Special Education Scholarship 

  • Graduating from a high school in Sangamon County and pursuing a degree in special education, with the intent of teaching special education students

Mary Lou and Dwight Pitman Scholarship

  • Area public high school student in Sangamon County other than Springfield School District or Chatham School District with siblings planning to or attending college

O'Brien Medical or Health Related Field of Study Scholarship

  • Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need and is pursuing a degree or certificate in a medical or health related field of study.

Pearl Fairfield Scholarship

  • Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need.  Preference will be given to students from a single-parent household.

Reverend Kenneth H. White Family Scholarship

  • Lanphier High School student planning to obtain a State Teaching Certificate to teach in the public school system

Roland Machinery Scholarship 

  • Open to students pursuing a degree or certificate in a profession related to construction, mechanical engineering, or other related trades. Must be a graduating senior from a high school in one of the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan

SAHBA Construction/Robert E. von Behren Memorial Scholarship

  • Open to students pursuing a career in the building industry in the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan

Spanish American Cultural Center Scholarship

  • Latin American descent and be a graduating senior (or GED certificate) from one of the following Illinois counties: Sangamon, Cass, Douglas, Champaign, Macon, McLean or Morgan

Susan G. Conner Special Education Scholarship

  • Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County, pursuing a degree in special education.

Walter and Pauline Roesch Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois Scholarship  
**NEW IN 2019** 

  • Open to current or former members of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois (BGCCIL) attending college or vocational school as a full-time student

World War II Illinois Descendants Statewide Scholarship

  • Must be a direct descendant of a WWII Illinois Veteran and have a 4.0 GPA on a non-weighted scale (or be the projected valedictorian or salutatorian)

National college match for high-achieving low-income students

Valley Of Springfield, AASR SCHOLARSHIPS PAGEhttps://www.aasr-spi.org/

Illinois Grand Lodge and Scottish Rite Masons provide scholarships to help individuals better themselves through the pursuit of knowledge.   Health Career Fields: Masonic relationship is not required. The recipient must intend to enter the field of health care. Health care includes (but is not limited to) nursing, physical or occupational therapy, radiology, anesthesiology, etc.    Sherwood and Evelyn Kresin: Masonic relationship is not required. This scholarship has an exception for the “undergraduate only” restriction. The recipient may be in an undergraduate or a graduate course of study. There is no restriction regarding the recipient’s course of study.

Sue Handy ScholarshipSue Handy ScholarshipSue Handy Scholarship

The scholarship is available to any senior or graduate of District 186 who has attended a District 186 high school for at least one year, or to a student whose parent or legal guardian is an employ of District 186.  The student must be enrolled in a public school.


The scholarship is designed to assist a deserving student who plans to become a public school teacher. 


            A complete application includes the following:

  1. Background information sheet

  2. Essay – one page in length

  3. Three letters of recommendation – two of which must be from current or former teachers

  4. Proof of acceptance at a recognized college or university in a teacher preparation program


Please submit a typed copy of both the background and essay.  Submit your completed application to Springfield Education Association, 3440 Liberty Drive, Springfield, Il. 62704 no later than May 4, 2018.  You can also email your finished application to crystaw@mac.com


Finalists will be interviewed on Friday, May 11, 2018, after school.  You will be notified of the time for your personal interview prior to May 11. 

Davey Scholarshiphttp://www.cfll.org/RECEIVINGbrbgrantsscholarshipsb/HowToApplyForAScholarship.aspx

Need based scholarship/loan open to students between the ages of 16 and 25

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/43608f78-fa5d-4ed6-ac50-a5d0aaf4e1b3

Application must include a wallet size photo, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript, ACT/SAT score/s, an essay, and an interview is also required.  

AASA Redefining Ready Scholarshiphttps://www.redefiningready.org/national-scholarship

  • One (1) National First Place Winner ($5000)

  • One (1) National Runner-Up ($2500)

  • Seven (7) Regional Winners, representing each AASA region ($2000)

  • Seven (7) Regional Runner-Ups, representing each AASA region ($1000)

Dell Scholars Program scholarshiphttps://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/criteria/

To be eligible to apply for the Dell Scholars Program scholarship, you must meet the below listed criteria:

  • Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12

  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year

  • Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA

  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance

  • Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college

  • Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school

Southeast Missouri State Universityhttp://www.semo.edu/sfs/financialaid/scholarships/institutional.html

Southeast students receive over $17 million annually, in the form of institutional scholarships. Some of these are only awarded at the time of admission, while others offer an annual application process. Institutional Scholarships can be split into Academic, Endowed, and Participation scholarships. 

Tuck Sleep Foundation Scholarship Opportunitieshttps://www.tuck.com/sleep-scholarships/

On the attached link you will find more than 20+ scholarships and $500,000 in scholarship funding for undergraduate and graduate students. Some of these awards target sleep-deprived individuals, while others are available to students pursuing degrees in sleep science and other areas of psychology and mental health.

A section for scholarships aimed at underrepresented student groups such as women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, students earning degrees in women’s health, and people with disabilities. All scholarships listed are still valid, though some are currently closed and will re-open the application process for the 2018 academic year. Each entry features application requirements, deadlines, contact information and other important details.

Zeta Phi BetaZPB scholarship_Annette Walker - 2015 Final

For students with financial needs. Must have a 3.0 on 4. GPA, 3 letters of recommendation(see directions), resume, essay.

Kids Chance Scholarshiphttp://www.kidschanceofillinois.com/scholarships/
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Who is Eligible? To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. Applicants must also meet the following requirements: Applicant must be between the ages of 16-25 at the time of the full disbursement of the Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois, scholarship award. Student applicant and/or deceased/injured worker are not required to be a legal resident of Illinois. Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need. Applicant must have achieved a high school diploma by the time of the first disbursement of the scholarship award. Applicant must be enrolled, accepted or applying for acceptance as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited university, college or technical school.

Future Doctorshttp://www.futuredocs.com

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists is seeking high school students selected to become delegates by their teachers, principals, or counselors based on their dedication to entering the medical field to attend one of the annual summer congresses in Boston on June 25, 26, and 27, where they are mentored by leading figures in science and technology. For more information, visit www.futuredocs.com/.


Scholarships.com is a resource to help you find various scholarships with various deadlines. Make a profile and get scholarships directly in your email inbox.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMENhttp://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/scholarships-and-resources-for-women/

In the 2015-2016 academic year alone, women accounted for 11.5 million of the 20.2 million students expected to attend an American college or university. But as more and more women pursue their degrees, the harsh reality of paying for an increasingly expensive college clouds the experience. In a time when student loan debt has skyrocketed to $1.34 trillion, reliable sources of financial aid are an essential part of containing student debt.

Mary Sue Allen ScholarshipMary Sue Allen Scholarship-3

This scholarship is available to Southeast seniors who are attending any accredited postsecondary
institution (college, university, or trade/vocational school). ALL majors and course of study are
eligible to apply. Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and provide a transcript with the
application. An essay of approximately 500 words on one of the following topic is required

Leroy & Rachel Cantrall ScholarshipCantrall Application 2018

Students graduating from a Springfield public school and entering the teaching field may apply. Must plan to teach in a public IL high school and maintain a B average in college.

Deadline has been extended to 3/15 from the original 3/1 date as shown on the scholarship paperwork. 

Lincoln Land Community College Foundation Scholarshipshttp://www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships

Numerous scholarships available for students planning to attend LLCC or current LLCC student. The Honors College application is included.

Meijer Scholarshiphttp://meijerscholarship.egrant.net

For students who work at Meijer or whose parent(s) work at Meijer. Awards based on financial need, academic standing, a statement of goals and community involvement. Apply online by 5:00p.m. (EDT) on April 1, 2014. Over 100 $2,500.00 scholarships and two $10,000.00.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarshiphttp://www.reaganfoundation.org/GE-RFScholarships.aspx

For students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.

VapingDaily Scholarshiphttps://vapingdaily.com/scholarship/

We here at VapingDaily.com are excited to offer $6,000 in scholarships every year to three people, who share the issue about the hazards of smoking.

Essay (1,000–1,500 words) The winning candidates will be chosen based on their creativity, content, and style. The judges will be looking for essays which are logically written and most related to the topic.

McGraw-McDonald's Crew Scholarship

Senior employees of the local McDonalds who plan to attend a 2 or 4 year tech or trade school or college and who have been employed from at least Jan. 1, 2015 through August 1, 2015. Must be in top half of class.

Springfield American Legion Post 32https://www.legion.org/scholarships

Decendent of current or past member of a veteran organization: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans, etc. 3 letters of recommendation, essay, transcript. Go to website, click on announcements, then scholarship application.

Illinois Sheriffs' Associationhttp://www.ilsheriff.org/index.php/scholarships

Sangamon County Sheriff will be awarding two $500 college scholarships. Application, essay question. Students must attend an Illinois school.

American Legion, Otis B. Duncan, Post 809American Legion, Otis B. Duncan, Post 809 scholarship formAmericanLegionPost809Scholarship2018

four (4) $1000 scholarships to be awarded at the Otis B. Duncan Day event on July 22rd, 2018

Jewish Studies - Indiana U

Multiple incoming freshmen scholarships of up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year) for students committed to pursuing a Jewish Studies major at Indiana University Bloomington are available to students entering as first year beginners in Fall 2018 at IU Bloomington.

Ron Brown Scholar Programhttps://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/program-description

The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.

RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:  Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Must be Black/African American.

  • Must excel academically.

  • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.

  • Must participate in community service activities.

  • Demonstrate financial need.

  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.

  • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.  NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply.

  • To Apply Click Here: Ron Brown Scholarship Application

Early consideration deadline November 1, 2017.           Regular deadline January 9, 2018.

"This I Believe"http://nprillinois.org/programs/i-believe-illinois#stream/0

This I Believe Illinois is our annual essay program for Illinois high school seniors. An expression of where their minds are as they prepare to enter the adult world. Essay on the topic of "This I Believe" in 350-500 words. Must be submitted as a Word document on the website listed.

Coordinating Council of Frontiers International, Inc.Coordinating Council of Frontiers International, Inc.Scholarships 2018

Must be a graduating high school senior, have acceptance letter from college and/or university, show involvement in extracurricular activities and community involvement or volunteer service. provide an official high school transcript and prepare a one-page narrative describing why you are applying for the scholarship and why you wish to be considered.


Candidates will be notified by telephone on the week of June 4, 2018 to set-up an interview time. 

Springfield Road Runners Club Scholarshiphttp://srrc.net/programs/srrc-scholarship/

For graduating seniors who have participated in track, cross country, and/or road races. Submit application, 2 letters of recommendation, transcript, and 500 word essay on "What Running Has Meant to Me."

Wendy's HeismanOct. 17, 2018https://www.whshapplication.com/menu-help.aspx?comp_id=522585B0-66B7-4459-9B3A-889E604C595F

Seniors who participate in at least one sport and are a leader in school and the community can apply online.

Phi Beta Sigmahttp://www.springfieldsigmas.com
Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship App Rev

Minimum 2.5 GPA 3 letters of recommendation Volunteer experience 2 essays required

Hansen Secretarial Scholarshiphttp://publish.illinois.edu/secretariat/secretariat-scholarship/about-the-scholarship/

Major in a office professional, secretarial, or business related field at a college in Illinois. Preference is given to U of I students. Five Hundred word essay is required.

Apartment List Scholarshiphttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrkhWOjKs0LAORYCgt9lnACaLm1ZxQRgqPlfcCNbyrM6VENg/viewform

Any legal U.S. resident in high school or college at least eighteen (18) years old who will be attending an accredited university or college in Fall 2015 is eligible to apply. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

Illinois Municipal Utilities Assoc. & CWLPhttp://www.cwlp.com/online/onlineforms/IMUAScholarship2015.pdf
2018 Scholarship Packet

For high school seniors whose parents or legal guardians are residential customers of IMUA-member utilities (CWLP included). 500 word essay 

ACT Student Champion Awardhttp://www.act.org/content/act/en/public-affairs/college-and-career-readiness-champions.html?cid=email:marketo:b2b-k12-high-school-none-counselor:11012017-domestic-SOC0000--mkto3922--organic----marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_source=marketo&utm_name=b2b-k12-high-school-none-counselor&utm_content=11012017-domestic-SOC0000--mkto3922--organic----marketing&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTTJRNU5qZ3dZek5oT0dNeiIsInQiOiJEWFJ6STZRazhXd0x5ZkRleldoMytxR1F5VENWaGNUS2hcL0wwXC9xM0lHUjM4R2liVlVqTFkzcXVjXC9uWTV6akV0enhOUUJ6XC9CQ3JwVURQTURHOTMyNE5uZ3RSV1pPeWtGVUJiZEIzQU8zaEg5OVRnMVZtTkhGQU1QNG9qcFRxTXMifQ%3D%3D
ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. 

Students from the class of 2018 who have taken the ACT and fit the following criteria may apply: 
  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Shine Bright Scholarshiphttp://diamondstorereviews.com/shine-bright-scholarship/

In order to apply, candidates should write an 600 word essay entitled “The True Meaning of A Diamond Engagement Ring”.  We’d like to take this opportunity to help applicants thing beyond just the aesthetics of diamond rings, and focus on the true meaning and symbolism that comes with it.  Applicants must be high school seniors, Junior College, College, University, or Trade School students.  Application Deadline is November 1st, 2017. The scholarship will be awarded by December 31, 2017.

Contest Rules: 750 word minimum. Only one submission per applicant.  Must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada.  Must be enrolled and/or attending post-secondary education within the next year.


Ministerial Alliance of Springfield and Vicinityhttp://www.springfieldministerialalliance.org/index.php

Essay Contest: Write 300-400 words on the topic, "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King Essay and contact information mailed or delivered by 3:00p.m. to: Pastor Silas Johnson Calvary Baptist Church 2208 Kansas St. Springfield, IL 62703

Acorn Equality Fundhttp://www.acornequalityfund.org/

The Acorn Equality Fund is a grassroots organization that provides college scholarships for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) persons, their children, and allies in Illinois' downstate counties. Scholarships range from $1,000-$5,000

Pureland Supply Vocational and Skilled Trade Scholarshiphttps://www.purelandsupply.com/t-scholarship.aspx

Open for students who have been accepted to an accredited community college, vocational college, technical school, or trade School.  Recipients are chosen on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and how the student expects to play a part in the future of their trade or field.

B. Davishttp://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.

  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.


To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com


Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. 
Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarshiphttps://www.hy-vee.com/company/scholarships/default.aspx

You are eligible for consideration if:

  • Applicant must be a high school senior working for Hy-Vee or subsidiary who began employment on or before September 15, 2017 or a high school senior son and/or daughter of a full-, regular-, or part-time Hy-Vee or subsidiary employee who has a minimum of six months employment as of September 15, 2017, AND

  • Applicant must be enrolling in college for the first time.

You will need to submit by February 10 of the current year:

  • Completed application form.

  • Personal statement describing a time when Hy-Vee made a difference in your life and/or the life of your customer(s). Minimum of 300 words, maximum of 500 words.

  • Resume listing accomplishments in academics, activities, arts and athletics, community service and future post-secondary plans.

  • Official transcript, which should include present student status (for example, junior second semester), last semester’s GPA and cumulative GPA.

  • Test results from the ACT (American College Testing) examination.

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or administrator. Although this is not a mandatory submission, it provides the judges with a more complete portrait of the applicant.

Prudential Spirit of Communityhttp://spirit.prudential.com

If you've made a difference by volunteering in your community, apply for this award. Please follow the link for more details

"Home Is Where the Heart Is" Bicentennial Essay Contesthttps://www.cognitoforms.com/IllinoisAssociationOfREALTORS1/HomeIsWhereTheHeartIsBicentennialEssayContest


  • The contest is open to Illinois high school students in grades nine through 12 attending public, private or home schools.
  • Essays can be no more than 700 words but must be a minimum of 500 words.
  • Essays must be the original work of the student.
  • Essays reflect the theme “Home Is Where the Heart Is”
  • Winners will be notified by email April 1, 2018


$1,000 - 1 top scholarship award
$750 - 11 scholarship awards
$250 - 11 scholarship awards

Nursing Schools Almanachttp://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/2015-aspiring-nurse-scholarship

For students entering any kind of nursing program who show academic excellence and a passion for nursing.

Celebrating High School Innovatorshttp://chsinnovators.org/

Tell us about your idea and you might be chosen as one of the most innovative high school students in Illinois! Our top five winners will receive $1,000 cash and scholarships to Illinois State University and Millikin University.

Check website after January 1, 2018

Eastern Illinois President Doudna Memorial ScholarshipMar. 15, 2019https://www.eiu.edu/honors/Doudna_Scholarship.php

Dr. Quincy Doudna was president of Eastern Illinois University from 1956-1971, and guided the growth of the university. In his memory, each year a scholarship of at least $1000 is awarded to an incoming freshman student. 

To apply simply complete the form below, and upload an essay that you have written. Students must be graduates of an Illinois High School and have a GPA of at least 3 on a 4 point scale. 

The deadline for the Fall 2019 scholarship is Friday March 15th, 2019. 

Aspiring Nurse Scholarshiphttps://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/articles/2018-aspiring-nurse-scholarship

This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.

Sherel Nutt Memorial Scholarshiphttp://lakespringfield.us/
Sherel_Nutt_Scholarship_Application 2018

All graduating seniors attending a public or private school in the Springfield, Chatham, and Rochester School Districts (districts that border Lake Springfield) are eligible to apply. The senior does not have to live on Lake Springfield. The only requirement is that the student must continue their education this fall, either at a community college or a four-year college or university.

Baumgartner Law Firm Car Accident Scholarshiphttps://baumgartnerlawyers.com/houston-car-accident-lawyer/#scholarship-application

Baumgartner Law Firm is pleased to announce the Baumgartner Law Firm Car Accident Scholarship for the 2016 school year. We work closely with car accident victims and their families every day & understand the difficulties of overcoming the affects of these injuries. We would like to help a student who’s been affected by an car accident & is committed to helping others in their career path

Good360 Sustainability Scholarshiphttp://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/12558/good360_sustainability_scholarship_scholarship.php

We want to hear how sustainability has touched your life. If you’re a high school senior applying to college, or you’re currently a college student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then we’d love to hear your thoughts on what sustainability means to you. Thus, we’re sponsoring a college scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition. In order to be considered for the Good360 sustainability scholarship, we want to hear from you: What do you do to live sustainably? Post a photo on Instagram with your 200-300-word essay explaining what sustainability means to you and complete the form below. We’ll choose one winner to receive our environmental scholarship, which is open to all majors.

AMVETS Scholarshipshttp://www.amvets.org/amvets-in-action/scholarships/

Five different scholarships available through AMVETS. See the guidance office for a brochure and application information regarding the Foundation SShip, Nursing, ROTC, Trade School, and Ladies Auxiliary Scholarships. Application cycle will open Jan. 1, 2018

IACAC Scholarshiphttps://www.iacac.org/scholarship/?utm_source=IACAC+Members&utm_campaign=4e20bca7f4-scholarship&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b676bdf586-4e20bca7f4-311795221

IACAC is pleased to offer five $1,000 scholarships ($500 each semester, non-renewable) to students who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated leadership skills and/or community service involvement.

A separate $1,000 transfer scholarship is available from IACAC to a community college student to further his/her education at a four-year IACAC member institution.
Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be a graduating senior from an IACAC member high school (where at least one counselor is an IACAC member) with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To verify if your high school is an IACAC member, contact Linda Haffner, (800) 829-0176;
The applicant must enroll as a full-time, college freshman at a post-secondary institution in the 2016-2017 school year (preferably at an IACAC member institution); and
The student must demonstrate involvement in high school, the community, or service to others with motivation to achieve personal goals.

Study Pug Scholarshiphttps://www.studypug.com/scholarship.html

Complete a 500-1000 word article discussing how a math teacher, a math class, a math tutor, or a math lesson has changed how you see the world around. 

Applicants must complete the student information form below and submit their 500 to 1000 word essay on the selected topic in PDF format. The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.

The Scholarship will be awarded to the student who writes the most compelling essay as judged by an outside panel of educational professionals.

All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on December 15th, 2017.

The applicant of the winning project will receive a one-time scholarship of $1000, which may be applied to the following school-related expenses: tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. The scholarship winner will be contacted via email at the address provided and must respond within five(5) days to receive the award. Scholarship funds are provided by StudyPug and will be paid via mail to the winning applicant.

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarshiphttps://www.developingcareer.com/technology-addiction-awareness-scholarship/?zn=1

Digital Responsibility is pleased to announce the Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship. The program is open to high school freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, college, and graduate school student of any level. There is no age limit, home-schooled students are also eligible. In order to apply, the applicants will submit a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about technology addiction.

FormSwift $1,000 Scholarshiphttps://formswift.com/startup-scholarship

Create a Business Plan Infographic for a chance to win $1000 for school! Make a business plan infographic about one of the suggested topics.

IL Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarshiphttps://ioof-il.org/

Need based scholarships for students planning to attend post-secondary, vocational, or technical schools who have at least a C-average.

Athnet Sports Recruitinghttp://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-contest.htm

For students who have been high school athletes. Write an essay that best demonstrates how the lessons learned through sport have positively impacted them as they pursue their college education.

Health Care Leaders Scholarshiphttp://nurse.org/healthcare-leaders/

Healthcare Leaders Scholarship - Sponsored by Nurse.org Nurse.org is seeking applications for the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship. To be eligible for the $1000 award, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, be pursuing a degree related to healthcare, and submit a 600-1000 word essay by January 29th. The scholarship is offered once a year and awards are paid directly to the student.

IL Lumber & Material Dealers Association Educational Foundationchrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://www.sachs302.org/documents/guidance/scholarships/illinois_lumber___material_dealers.pdf

Any student enrolled full time in a certificate or degree program at an accredited trade school, 2 year or 4 year college or university in an industry related field. Financial need may be considered. See application.

Dean Ritter Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarshiphttp://www.deanritter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Annual-Scholarship-Application_2018-Final-copy.pdf

The Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship is a scholarship open to graduating high school seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing in the state of Illinois. The Dean Ritter Trust Scholarship is intended to cover tuition or related costs for the selected recipients to an accredited technical school or university. Recipients may use the funds received for any semester, including summer sessions, during the awarded academic year. For our 2018 Annual Scholarship, we will award scholarships varying between $1,000 and $8,000 each. Recipients will be chosen based on financial need and school and community involvement.  

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarshiphttp://www.digitalresponsibility.org/technology-addiction-awareness-scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicants must:

  • Be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level.

  • Home-schooled students are also eligible.

  • There is no age limit.

  • You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

Arborjet Taking Root Scholarshiphttp://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/arborjet/index.html

For graduating seniors who plan to purse a forestry course of study or related major (e.g., Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or other related major)  Check back in April 2018

Springfield Noon Lions Clubhttp://www.Springfieldnoonlions.com

Pursuing an education in health care, highest consideration to sight and hearing fields

Sharon Miller Memorial ScholarshipSharon Miller Memorial ScholarshipSharon Miller Memorial Scholarship 2018

Applicants must be a graduating high school or college student who graduated from an Illinois Educatio Association (IEA) Region 11 or 47 school. Public school students whose parent or legal guardian has been employed by IEA Region 11 or 47 school distrcits for at least one year may also apply. 

Burger King Scholars Programhttps://bkmclamorefoundation.org/who-we-are/programs/burger-king-scholars-program/application-information/

For students enrolling in college or tech school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service. $1000-$50,000

CBAI Foundation for Community Bankinghttp://www.cbai.com/index.php/education-foundation-2?showall=&start=2

Students must contact one of the following banks and ask to be sponsored (do NOT need to be a member): Bank of Springfield Marine Bank Security Bank Athens State Bank, Springfield (Branch of Athens) Write an essay "How do Community Banks make dreams come true?" and turn in to sponsoring bank. See your post-secondary coach for the application.

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundationhttp://www.ilbcf.org/

For African American students. Personal statement and letters of recommendation required.

Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Scholarshiphttp://www.ihda.us/education.html
Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists

For college-bound seniors in art. Requires 6-10 photos of art work that has been completed in the last 4 years, as well as an application and letter of recommendation. Short essay. Must be postmarked by April 14 and sent to Penne Beckett IHDA Education Committee Chairman, 2013 804 Fairview Dr. Urbana, IL 61801-1627

Association for Women in Communicationshttp://www.awcspringfield.org/scholarship/index.html

For college junior or senior women from or attending college in Central Illinois and majoring in communications, journalism, public relations, or related fields

Family Service Centerhttp://www.service2families.com/fsc-scholarship/

For students who have been in foster care or who are adopted.

Sangamon County Farm Bureau Foundationhttp://www.sangamonfb.org/uploads/5/3/2/9/53299949/scholarship_app_2018__web.pdf

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must: - Be a high school senior graduating in 2018 or a first-year student in a postsecondary school. - Be a Sangamon County Farm Bureau member, spouse of a member or child of a member. (Minimum 1 year) - Be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at a post-secondary school. - Exhibit potential for successful completion of course studies. - Be a resident of Sangamon County, Illinois. - Past recipients may reapply, but no student may receive more than two (2) scholarships from the Sangamon County Farm Bureau Foundation.

Heartland Credit Unionhttp://www.hcu.org/community/scholarships.aspx
Heartland 2018 Scholarship Application

For Heartland Credit Union members who plan to attend a 2 yr., 4yr. college, vocational or technical school full-time. Essay.

Diabetes Scholars Foundationhttp://diabetesscholars.org/college-scholarship/college-scholarship-application/

Multiple scholarships. For students with diabetes attending an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. Application opens in January

Moody's Mega Math Challengehttps://m3challenge.siam.org/participate/important-dates

Online scholarship competition held on March 8 or 9, 2014 for high school teams of 3-5 juniors and/or seniors plus a faculty sponsor. Teams have one day to solve an applied math problem.

Tyrian Masonic Lodgehttps://www.tyrianlodge333.org/scholorship
Tyrian Scholarship

For students with financial need. Award will be made directly to the college or university to pay educational expenses.

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship Programhttp://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

Open to high school juniors, seniors, or college students. Submit a 500-1000 word essay by email. Topic: Every generation faces new challenges and new problems. What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations? How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice?

VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education ScholarshipFeb. 15, 2019https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/continuing-education/
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicant must be one of the following:
    • Current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • Spouse of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • Son of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • Daughter of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • *Qualifying member must have been a member of the VFW Auxiliary for one (1) year by the application submission deadline.

What is the Scholarship Amount?

Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year, one in each of the four VFW Auxiliary Conferences.

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?
Each applicant must:

  • Answer all questions on the application.
  • Write a brief essay (no more than 300 words) describing their commitment to their goals and how this scholarship will help them attain these goals.

What are the Scholarship Deadlines?

  • July 1: Application process begins.
  • February 15: All applications must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*
  • May 1: Scholarship recipients are notified.
Service Scholarship (CFLL)https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/34351-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

Must be nominated (see your Academic Asst. Principal, senior dean or postsecondary coach)

Zonta Young Woman in Public Affairs Awardhttp://www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/InternationalPrograms/YoungWomeninPublicAffairsAwards.aspx

Open to pre-college women ages 16-20 Volunteer work, leadership, and dedication to the advancement of women

US Bank Internet Scholarship Programhttps://www.usbank.com/student-lending/scholarship.html

Students must apply online. Open to graduating seniors and college undergraduates.

Illinois Society of Professional Engineerhttp://www.illinoisengineer.com/IllinoisEngineer/Aspiring_Engineers/Scholarships/IllinoisEngineer/Scholarships.aspx

Several scholarships for engineers, including for those attending SIU-E, SIU-C, UIUC, and Bradley University, for female engineers, for minority engineers, and a general engineering scholarship.

Springfield Civic Garden Clubhttp://www.scgc-il.org/scgc-sponsored-awards/

The LLCC Scholarship $1,200 is ongoing. It is offered to an interested student who is a U.S. citizen residing in the LLCC district and is majoring in environmental or horticulture studies. 

Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarshiphttp://www.parentinn.com/scholarship

Who can apply: A U.S. university or college for undergraduate or graduate studies. A high school, college or graduate student or a student planning to enter college. 

  • $1250 will be given to Undergraduate or Postgraduate Students.

  • $1250 will be given to High School Students.​

Scholarship Program by Autozinhttps://www.autozin.com/scholarship.html


Essay style scholarship to help you get closer to your dream career. Education is our future and we would like to support and encourage you as a student by giving you a chance to win $1400 toward your tuition or any expenses you might acquire along your journey. If cars are your passion this contest is perfect for you!

  • All submissions must be received by November 15, 2018

EmPOWERED to Serve Scholarshttp://www.empoweredtoserve.org/

Upload a 60 second or shorter video stating why you should be an EmPOWERED to Serve scholar. Hashtage your video #TakeMeHome. Tell the health story of your community in the video. Application details can be found at www.empoweredtoserve.org 

Beta Sigma Psi Scholarshipshttp://wp.betasigmapsi.org/scholarships-grants/high-school-scholarships/

These Scholarships are a way of giving back to the Lutheran church and supporting her youth. Young men who wish to apply are under no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to a member for consideration. Applicants may apply for multiple awards if they are still deciding which school they plan to attend.

United Negro College Fundhttps://scholarships.uncf.org/?_ga=1.164001725.381869175.1479320008

The UNCF manages various scholarship programs. Check out their website for more information.Various Scholarships with various deadlines. Be sure to periodically check this page.

Juarez Latino Scholarshiphttp://www.elcielo.us/juarezscholarship.html
Juarez Scholarship

For graduating seniors of Latino background with a minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA, planning to attend an institution in Sangamon County or applicant must be a member of CIELO and live within 60 miles of Springfield, IL. Requires essay and 2 letters of recommendation.

Simon Youth Foundationhttp://syf.org/scholarships/

For a student who has financial need, strong academic performance, leadership skills and who shows evidence of participation in school and community activities. Simon Mall Property in Springfield is the White Oaks Mall.

Polly Roesch Vocal Music ScholarshipRoesch Vocal Scholarship Application

Potential vocal music majors should apply. An audition is required. Renewable for 4 years. Applications must be verified by a music instructor and returned to the guidance office.

Sigma Phi Epilson Balanced Man Scholarshiphttps://forms.illinois.edu/sec/7346666

Three $1,750 scholarships for male students attending the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, athletics and community service. 

Must be a full time student at U of I in the fall of 2018. 

Scholarship does not obligate you to join Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. 

IL PTA Lillian Glover Scholarshiphttp://www.illinoispta.org/scholarshipapplication.html

Students majoring in education or an education-related field (school nurse, school psychologist, librarian, etc.) .

AXA Community Scholarshiphttps://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html

An AXA Achiever must demonstrate ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family and community, and ability to succeed in college.

Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association & Sangamon County Bar Association Scholarshiphttp://ciwba.com/Scholarship.html
Sangamon County Bar Association

Application, 2 letters of recommendation, intending to go to law school, essay (2 pages).For additional information, please contact Allison Richard at arichard@bhslaw.com or call Raylene Grischow at 527-7375.

American Association of Blacks in Energy(AABE)http://www.aabe.org

American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) announces it will provide $20,000 in scholarships to high school seniors The Southeastern Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE SMSI) is accepting applications for 10- $2000.00 monetary scholarships. This scholarship opportunity is available to minority high school seniors in Illinois and Missouri that are pursuing studies at the collegiate level in a field related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Students interested in applying for this opportunity may access an application at www.aabe.org. To qualify, applications must be completed and postmarked by March 2018.Completed applications may also be emailed to Stacey Young: syoung4@ameren.com. Scholarship winners will be notified by April , 2018.  UPDATE

GreenPal Business Scholarshiphttp://yourgreenpal.com/scholarship

For business major who aspires to be an entrepreneur. Requires high school GPA of 3.0 minimum. To apply for the GreenPal Scholarship, email your essay (500-1000 words) along with a photo to scholarship @yourgreenpal.com . They will announce the winner on this page by June 1st, 2016.

AynRand Institute

Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000. To stay informed about contest deadlines and other student updates, register here. Questions? Write to us at essay@aynrand.org.

Sangamon Valley Mensa Scholarshiphttp://www.mensafoundation.org/foundation/?LinkServID=B6AAB0C0-E081-4C23-C4B1342278718DA2&grp=627&part=y

Merit-based scholarship to any accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, trade/vocational). 550 word essay on applicant's career, vocational, or academic goals. Scholarship winners will receive awards of $300 to $2,500. 

CIELO Medical Scholarship (CFLL)https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/34354-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

Applicant must be of Latino descent pursuing a degree in the medical field at an institution within Sangamon County

Sigma Nu Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship - University of Illinoishttp://www.uni.illinois.edu/sso/scholarships_sigmanu.shtml

Males entering University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 3.0 or higher GPA. Seeking men who are intellectually, morally and physically capable of leadership. NO obligation to join Sigma Nu if awarded

IL Society of Professional Engineersfile:///Users/nplauer/Downloads/ISPE_Foundation_Scholarship.pdf

Students interested in engineering with a 3.0 GPA on 4 pt. scale and 29 math and 25 English on ACT or 600 Math and 500 Verbal on SAT may apply. (Essay required)

Illinois PTA Scholarshiphttp://illinoispta.org/scholarshipapplication.html

We are glad you are exploring the Illinois PTA Scholarship Program for college funding. Each year we award two scholarships to students in Illinois who are interested in entering the field of education. Please read these instructions carefully when completing the application. This is a highly competitive program and will require that you take the time to fully and accurately portray yourself. The information you collect for this scholarship application will help you present yourself for other scholarships and for your college admissions applications.

Plato & Flora S. McCourtney Foundation Scholarshiphttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1MX38V-3cb1QShZqJkZt00nSf-By3bXmK/view
Plato & Flora McCourtney Scholarship Application

Unweighted GPA no less than 3.0 and a one-page essay describing intended educational and career goals. For students entering a scientific or technical career.

ISPE Capital Chapter Scholarship2018 ISPE Scholarship Application

Eligibility requirements:

- High school senior

- US Citizen

- Minimum 3.0 GPA 

- Minimum SAT: 600 math, 500 verbal or ACT of 29 math and 25 English 

- Enroll in an engineering program at a college or university that has been accresdited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET-EAC) 

- Live within the Capital Chapter areas of Cass, Christian, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon & Scott counties. 



University of Illinois: Fred S. Bailey Scholarshiphttp://universityymca.org/bailey/

For students going to Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have shown a commitment to community engagement, service, leadership and academics. Requirements and application on the website. Scholarship may be renewable.

Rise of Sigmahttp://www.riseofsigma.com/Rise-of-Sigma-Scholarship

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit your essay or article complying with following requirements on ” How important is internet marketing?”.

  • Minimum of 750 Words.

  • Must be delivered in Word / Word pad format.

  • No plagiarism or duplicate article is allowed.

Winner will be announced on our website in Dec, 2018.

National Defense Transportation Associationhttp://www.ndtascottstlouis.org/charities/scholarship/applicant-info

Open to high school seniors or college students. The Foundation annually awards scholarship money to high school or college students pursuing an education in logistics, transportation, or passenger travel.

Student-View Scholarshiphttp://www.student-view.com/ScholarshipWmap.html

Complete a 15-20 minute survey about colleges in the area and win a chance at one $4000, two $1000 or eight $500 scholarships.

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contesthttps://www.regions.com/promo/black-history-scholarship
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay ContestRegions Scholarship

Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors who live in states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 school year. 

Students do not have to be African American to apply.

Students do not have to have accounts at Regions bank to apply.

Write a 500 word (or less) essay on how an African-American has been an inspirtaion in your life and discuss the contributions of the African-American individual who has served to inspire and motivate you. 


Kashmer Scholarship (CFLL)https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/34368-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln


We the Students Essay ContestFeb. 14, 2019http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/

In 500-800 words, answer the following question: The Founders believed in the sanctity/vital importance of the individual liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. To what extent (or in what ways) has our government compromised on these liberties in the name of security or the general welfare?

Community Foundation Scholarships for the Land of Lincolnhttp://www.cfll.org/RECEIVINGbrbgrantsscholarshipsb/HowToApplyForAScholarship.aspx

Various scholarships 

for Springfield students. Ranging from $500-$5000 The 2018 scholarship application period is January 1, 2018 to March 1, 2018. Please visit this website to during that period to complete and submit your scholarship applications. Students may apply for and be awarded multiple scholarships. -Spanish American Cultural Center Scholarship

Greenhouse Scholars Programhttp://www.greenhousescholars.org/application.html

Available to high school seniors with a 3.5 GPA and an annual household income no greater than $70,000.

Washington Crossing Foundationhttp://www.gwcf.org/AppDownload.html

National scholarships for students interested in history, politics or who have government or military service in their future. $500-$5000.

United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Hearst Scholarshiphttps://www.isbe.net/Pages/United-States-Senate-Youth-Program-Hearst-Scholarship.aspx

High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The first phase of this program brings two students from each state to Washington, D.C., March 3-10, 2018, to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay.

Orthopedic Center of IL Foundation Scholarshiphttps://www.orthocenterillinois.com/scholarship.html

Four-year renewable scholarship for students planning to major in a healthcare-related field

Students must be a graduating high school student, resident of Sangamon County and attend an accredited college or university in the coming fall as a full time student. 

Winner will be notified by April 27th, 2018. 

ACF Visionary Scholarshiphttps://americancollegefoundation.org/college_planning/Register.aspx

Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior(2021, 2020, 2019, or 2018); and, must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.  Relatives of the American College Foundation Staff are not eligible to apply.

All applications for the American College Foundation's Visionary Scholarship Program will consist of:

  • A completed American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship Application

  • A copy of the student's most recent unofficial high school transcript

  • A 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay on "Why College is Important to Me"

AES Engineering Scholarshiphttp://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.php

This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?

Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2018

Submit essay to scholarships@aesengineers.com

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships - Scholarshipshttp://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/8850/stephen_j_brady_stop_hunger_scholarships_scholarship.php

The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are designed to recognize and reward the great steps students are taking to fight hunger in our communities across the United States. By submitting an application, you agree that what you send will be deemed non-confidential and you grant Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Sodexo, Inc. (along with its subsidiaries and affiliates) the right to use, copy, modify, edit, publish, transmit, and display your submission via any media, and that Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Sodexo, Inc. will be free to use your name and other identifying information, unless you specifically request in writing that we not do so.   Applications close on Dec. 5, 2017.   Scholarships

CO-OP Scholarship Programhttp://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/

To qualify for this scholarship students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 and be admitted to one of the following institutions: Clarkson University Drexel Johnson and Wales Kettering Rochester IT State University of New York Oswego University of Cincinnati University of Massachusetts Lowell University of Toledo Wentworth IT Must pursue a college CO-OP program

WACE National Co-Op Scholarshiphttp://www.waceinc.org/

Only for students choosing a college cooperative education program at one of the below schools: 

Clarkson Unviersity, Drexel Unviersity, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, The Unviersity of Toledo, Unviersity of Cinncinati & Unviersity of Massachusetts Lowell & Wentworth Institute of Technology. 

Horatio Alger Associationhttps://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/

For students with critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family). Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be involved in community and co-curricular activities. Award value range from 7,000 to 22,000. Various Need-based Scholarships.


Be of Hispanic/Latino heritage or African American. Major in Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts. Have a 3.0/4.0 GPA

FIRE "Freedom in Academia" Essay Contesthttps://www.thefire.org/fires-free-speech-essay-contest-open-for-entries/

Write an in-depth essay explaining why free speech and First Amendment rights are crucial to higher education and how abuses of these rights harm the college experience.

2018 Honorsgradu Scholarshiphttps://www.honorsgraduation.com/graduation-scholarship.htm

Whether through essays or multimedia, students are to submit a proposal for how you'll better your community. Rigorous process with multiple rounds; providing five $1,000 tuition awards to five $10,000 tuition awards! Will also fund the top project up to $5,000.

Google Scholarships and Programshttps://google.onlineapplications.net/applications/default.asp

Enroll as a full time student in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a related major. See website for more information.

William Randolph HurstOct. 3, 2018https://www.isbe.net/Pages/United-States-Senate-Youth-Program-Hearst-Scholarship.aspx
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High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The first phase of this program brings two students from each state to Washington, D.C., March 2-9, 2019, to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

The second phase awards both recipients a college scholarship of $10,000.00. The Hearst Foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must participate in the Washington Week program and use the funds within four years of enrollment at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students are encouraged to include history, political science, or related subjects in their undergraduate program.

*To be eligible, a candidate must currently be serving in an elected or selected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations:  Student body president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer, Class president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer, Student council representative, National Honor Society. Student representative to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organization

11th Annual Create a Greeting Card $10,000.00 Contesthttp://www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm

Contest submissions accepted from: May 30th, 2017 - March 1st, 2018.  Only 1 entry per person is allowed Submit photo, artwork or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card Designs should be appropriate for business and consumer use. Browse our site for different examples of Birthday, Get Well, Thank You, Anniversary and Christmas Cards Photo, art or graphics submitted must be your own original work/creation Please be sure to read our: Full Official Scholarship Rules Monthly Voting Rules

Eastern IL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INCOMING HONORS STUDENTSJan. 11, 2019https://www.eiu.edu/honors/Freshman_scholarships.php

For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, Pine Honors College offers three different competitive scholarships.

Please note: Applicants for the Pemberton Presidential and the Presidential Scholarship are also considered as applicants for the Honors Award. You do not need to complete an additional application for the Honors Award.

Successful applicants will be offered only one of these three scholarships. 

JFK Profiles in Courage Scholarshiphttp://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest/Eligibility-and-Requirements.aspx

Students must write an original essay describing how an elected official demonstrated political courage by addressing an issue at the local, state, or national level. Essay must include a bibliography with a minimum of 5 sources.

UNCF Stem Scholarshttps://scholarships.uncf.org/program/details/c0c83a41-abc6-42ef-a607-fd59560fc229

General Eligibility: African American; 3.0 GPA; high school senior entering U.S.-accredited college or university Fall 2017; Demonstrated unmet or financial need; U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MINIMUM GPA 3.0 ETHNICITIES African American/Black RESIDENCY STATUS U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION High School Senior MAJORS Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Programhttp://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm

Applicants must have both a high ACT score and a high level of participation in community service. Entries will be eligible for both the National Elks & Illinois Elks Competitions. Up to 500 four-year awards will be given. Please follow the link for more details

Voice of DemocracyVoice of Democracy ScholarshipVoice of Democracy 2017

VFW Auxiliary Scholarship Opportunity: audio-essay program for students to express themselves in regards to a democractic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000. The one national winner earns $30,000! 

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundationhttps://connect.coca-colascholars.org/page.aspx?pid=1179

For all motivated, dedicated high school seniors. 3 million a year is awarded to 250 deserving students. At least a 3.0 GPA Please follow the link for more details.


KFC Colonel's Scholars Programhttp://www.studentscholarshipsearch.com/scholarships/kfc-colonels-scholars-program.php

Students must attend a public college in IL and be a KFC Team Member. Application must be done online. Application available Feb. 15th, 2015

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinoishttps://www.goldenapple.org/apply

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, this scholarship is for you! You must be nominated. See your post-secondary coach for nomination information.

VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patiotic Art ContestMar. 31, 2019https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/


Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States.
  • Maximum student age of 18 at time of local entry.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.

What is the Scholarship Amount?

  • The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $29,500.

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?

  • Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used.
  • Do not frame two-dimensional pieces.
  • Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board. Other entries must be
    matted in white. Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper. Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
  • The art should be no smaller than 8” x 10” but no larger than 18” x 24”, not including mat.
  • Three dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc.
  • Pieces should be no smaller than 8” in any direction and no larger than 24” in any direction.
  • Art cannot be more than 5 lbs. in weight.
  • Digital art, photography and jewelry are NOT ACCEPTED.
  • Complete entry form and attach to back of entry.
  • Submit a typed explanation of patriotism expressed in art (150 words or less).

What are the Scholarship Contest Deadlines?

  • March 31: Student Entry Deadline to Local VFW Auxiliary.*
  • April 10:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Judging Complete.
  • April 15:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Winners to Department (state) for Judging.*
  • May 5:  VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*

* required deadlines

Stokes Scholarship (NSA)https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

Students interested in majoring in computer science or electrical engineering may apply. Must have a GPA of 3.0 and a minimum SAT/college board score of 1200 (600 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 600 Math) or ACT of 25.

You must major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering and meet the following requirements: Please follow the link for more details.

*Minority students are encouraged to apply. 

VFW Voice of Democracy ScholarshipOct. 31, 2018https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships
Rules and Eligibility

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post. 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post. 


Eugene McDermott Scholars Program for UT Dallashttp://www.utdallas.edu/mcdermott/
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the nation's most generous and selective undergraduate merit awards.

Valued at more than $250,000 (out-of-state) or $150,000 (in-state), the scholarship includes tuition, stipend, study abroad and professional development funding.

UT Dallas students have access to distinguished faculty, innovative academic programs, nationally recognized research and countless career-oriented opportunities. Learn more about our newest McDermott Scholars.